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Our Railway System Is Not Fit For Purpose

I am travelling to Leeds today for a conference. I booked a train on East Coast Trains at a single cost of £47:00. I took my seat at 13:25 ready to depart at 13:40. I am still sitting on the bastard at 18:30 currently at Stevenage and should have been at Leeds one and a half hours ago. I have no idea what time the train will get in. At present we have entered Stevenage station alighted passengers and have now reversed out again and are sitting here once again. The explanation is engineering works and a defective train. If it was not for my iPad I would have thrown myself under any passing train if could see one.
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    At least you can get a full refund for it
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    I think the absolute golden rule about railway travel is: .. NEVER on a Sunday
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    Disgraceful. £ for £ is there a worse system on the planet?

    Two of us travelling less than 100 miles next week and it's about half the price to hire a car.

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    I'm still outside Stevenage :0(
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    I'm still outside Stevenage :0(
    cheer up .. you could be stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues again
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    Trains
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    I'm still outside Stevenage :0(
    I feel for you. So frustrating.
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    I'm still outside Stevenage :0(
    Could be worse - you could be IN Stevenage!
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    so much better since Thatcher decided to privatise the system...
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    so much better since Thatcher decided to privatise the system...
    Yeah, because all the trains ran on time before that, didn't they?
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    It's times like this when I wish I was German.
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    It's times like this when I wish I was German.
    Why, have you got a hankering for sausage?
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    It's times like this when I wish I was German.
    Knowing your luck the rail equivalent of Dietmar Bruck would be on duty

    :-)
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    Lol. My iPad has kept me on CL all afternoon and probably most of the evening I should think. Thanks Off it. Made me smile.
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    My pleasure SHG - hope you get there soon.
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    Still outside Stevenage
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    edited April 2012
    so much better since Thatcher decided to privatise the system...
    Too right. Train travel was bliss before Thatcher
    < Rolls eyes and thinks murderous thoughts about ASLEF>
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    I'm glad I could start a thread that will kick off the Mrs T debate ;0)
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    Still outside Stevenage
    You should disembark and demand they put you up in Stevenage's finest hotel overnight.

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    so much better since Thatcher decided to privatise the system...
    Yeah, because all the trains ran on time before that, didn't they?
    Taking the piss mate, supposed to be ironic comment!
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    Shall I mention the EU dimension?
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    Go for it Len. I'm here all night and need the entertainment.
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    I'm still outside Stevenage :0(
    Could be worse - you could be IN Stevenage!
    Beat me too it!
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    Shall I mention the EU dimension?
    Go for it Len. All that money wasted on making our trains left-hand drive and changing the signals to an "official" red all because of those b*****ds in the EU was shocking - makes my blood boil. The ordinary man in the street isn't told about it though.
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    Actually I lied. I was in Stevenage for about 4 minutes but then we reversed out again.
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    Disgraceful. £ for £ is there a worse system on the planet?

    Two of us travelling less than 100 miles next week and it's about half the price to hire a car.

    Hire a car then.
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    I'm still there.
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    I'm still there.
    We're still there with you SHG.

    Fancy a game of "I Spy"?
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    I'm still there.
    Being serious for a moment have you got access to food, water and toilets?

    You've been there a long time.
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    Shall I mention the EU dimension?
    Erotic Underwear dimension?
    Tell us more Len

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